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Quebec

Québec is a land of unique natural attractions and home to two of Canadaís greatest cities; Montréal is an eclectic mix of quirky neighbourhoods and Québec City boasts quaint narrow streets and beautiful architecture. Beyond the cities, Québec is a recreational paradise of towering cliffs, majestic mountains, lush forests and sweeping marine vistas. Discover for yourself Québecís endless possibilities.

When the French explorer, Jacques Cartier, landed on the Gaspe Peninsula in 1535, Québec's French Heritage began. The provinces je ne sais quoi French style is evident in the language, culture and cuisine. The resorts of the Laurentians Mountains are premier ski destination’s, there are culture-rich cities, wide open spaces and 1,800 miles of coastline. Québec is where Gallic charm meets warm North American hospitality, just perfect!

 

CITY LOVERS

Québec City and Montréal are two of Canada’s most appealing, as well as largest, cities. Gracious Québec City was founded in the 17th century, and its charming streets remain lined with magnificent 17th and 18th century houses. It’s little wonder that the entire city is a World Heritage Site. You’ll need to remind yourself that you are in North America as you wander around the atmospheric Old Town; don’t miss the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica, Place Royal, the Old Port, Parliament Hill and the fortifications.
Visit Québec City at any time of year, but, if you do go in the winter months, how about staying in the Ice Hotel Québec, just a few minutes from the city itself?

In comparison, Montréal couldn’t be more different, it’s a thriving, sparkling and cosmopolitan city, with a foodie’s paradise of restaurants and fantastic nightlife. Whilst you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides over the cobbles of Old Montréal and sites such as the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica, downtown has a state-of-the-art underground city, a 28-mile network of shops and hotels. Other cities, such as Gatineau, Trois-Riviéres, Sagueney and Sherbrooke, each offer their own unique take on urban life.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

You’ll find sandy beaches, rocky bays and towering cliffs along Québec's coastline. Visit atmospheric coastal gems, such as Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspesie, Cote-Nord and the Iles de Madeleine. Transversing the south of Québec is the mighty St Lawrence River, which flows from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. South of the river, you’ll find tranquil lakes and gentle peaks, an area of intoxicating natural beauty that draws artists and nature-lovers from around the world. To the north is a paradise of crystal clear lakes, wildlife and, of course, the Laurentian Mountains. These 19 mountains spread over a 90 mile radius are quite astounding. Aside from amazing the skiing, there are opportunities to go hiking, biking and fishing. Scenic Charlevoix stretches from Baie Sainte Catherine, one of the best places for whale-watching along with Todoussac, to the delights of Baie-Saint-Paul.

 

Québec IS ALWAYS OPEN

With four distinct seasons, Québec is a year round destination, whether for a short shopping break, after all, it is only a 6.5 hour flight from the UK, or a longer holiday to explore and relax in stunning surroundings. In summer, the weather is hot and sunny with an abundance of outdoor festivals and activities on offer. Autumn sees the leaves change colour, creating breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of brilliant reds and golds. Winters are crisp and very cold with brilliant blue skies and heavy snowfalls, making it a great destination for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, dog sledding and snowmobiling, and the perfect festive wonderland for a relaxing or action-packed Christmas break. Spring starts late but as nature reawakens, the trees and flowers begin to bloom and the air warms, restoring the colours to a beautifully scenic Québec. The question isn’t should I visit, but when should I go?

Experience and explore Québec aboard a La Massif or VIA Rail journey and experience Quebec like never before.

 

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Average Max/Min temperatures °c
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Quebec City 7/-15 -6/-14 0/-8 7/-1 16/6 22/12 25/15 24/14 18/10 11/4 3/-3 -4/-11
Montreal -5/-15 -4/-13 2/-6 10/1 18/8 24/14 26/17 25/16 20/11 13/5 5/-1 -4/-10
Flight duration from the UK: Montréal 7 hours
Québec time zone: GMT minus(-)5 hours

Quebec Explorer


15 Days/14 Nights

Begins and ends in Montreal.

DEPARTURES

May, June, July, August and September

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• 4 wheel drive car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation (days 4 to 11) 
• Accommodations as stated
• VIA Rail train journey from Quebec City to Montreal

DAY 1 ARRIVE MONTREAL

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Montreal. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Montreal, where you will spend the first two nights.
Hotel: Le Place D'Armes

DAY 2 MONTREAL

Montreal has two distinct sides which complement each other beautifully. Old Montreal, with its quaint cobbled streets, has great character and is home to many of Montreal's historical attractions. Downtown Montreal boasts a myriad of shopping malls, chic restaurants and lush parks and gardens. 
Hotel: Le Place D'Armes

DAYS 3 & 4 MONT TREMBLANT

Driving distance: 90Mi/145Km
Today, after collecting your rental car, you make the short journey northwest to Mont Tremblant. En route, you will pass through the beautiful villages of Saint Sauveur des Monts, Ste Adele and Ste Agathe des Monts, where you can visit Cabane a Sucre Millette. Your route through the Laurentian Mountain region will leave you spell-bound. Mont Tremblant is a spectacular destination with plenty to keep you busy whatever time of year you visit, including horse riding, rafting and golfing.
Hotel: Fairmont Tremblant

DAYS 5 & 6 ST-ALEXIS-DES-MONTS

Driving distance: 127Mi/205Km
Bordering the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, Hotel Sacacomie sits in the heart of the forest overlooking a majestic lake whose shores span more than 40km. Blending harmoniously with its surroundings, there is nowhere more serene or as close to nature. The outdoor possibilities are almost endless, from easy hikes and pedal boat rides to kayaking and horse riding, so you can do as much or as little as you desire.
Hotel: Hotel Sacacomie

DAYS 7 & 8 NORTH HATLEY / EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

Driving distance: 147Mi/236Km
A very scenic journey today, as you cross the majestic St Lawrence River and travel south into the Eastern Townships. We suggest a stop at Trois-Rivieres, one of the first European settlements dating back to 1634, before arriving in the small village of North Hatley. Your hotel for this evening sits on the picturesque shores of Lake Massawippi. You may choose to spend some time relaxing by the heated outdoor pool or biking, kayaking or hiking the spectacular wilderness. For wine lovers. we recommend a wine tasting session at Vignoble le Cep d'Argent; it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon!
Hotel: Manoir Hovey

DAYS 9, 10 & 11 QUEBEC CITY

Driving distance:158Mi/255Km
Today it's back to city life, making the return journey across the St Lawrence River to Quebec City. You'll find your accommodation in the heart of the Old Port area, close to great shopping and restaurants. A visit to the waterfront market and cruise along the St Lawrence River are both highly recommended. Place-Royal, Quarter Petit-Champlain and the small boutiques and cafes of Old Quebec are perfect ways to while away an afternoon, and those interested in Quebec's history will enjoy visiting the 17th century military sites which still stand today. A walking food tour of Quebec is a great way to see the city whilst sampling delicious local specialities.
Hotel: Hotel 71

DAY 12 LA MALBAIE

Driving distance: 86Mi/138Km
Today is all about taking it easy and enjoying the Charlevoix Region, which has been inspiring artists for centuries. Choose whether to head out onto the river, browse the quaint art galleries or spend some time at Baie-St-Paul, one of the oldest towns in Quebec, where you can stroll the narrow streets and browse the charming boutiques. A stop at St-Joseph-de-la-Rive provides an in-depth look at the region's maritime history.
Hotel: Fairmont Manoir Richelieu

DAY 13 LA BAIE

Driving distance: 97Mi/156Km
Your journey northeast continues along the Marine Park Road, a wonderfully scenic route. Saint-Simeon, carved our by glaciers, is a popular tourist destination offering great outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing. Known for beautiful sandy beaches and boat tours, during which you can take a close-up look at the whales that inhabit the waters, Baie-Ste-Catherine and Tadoussac are must-see locations before heading into the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of the province. This afternoon, follow the Saguenay Fjord to the small city of La Baie where your hotel is located.
Hotel: Auberge des Battures

DAYS 14 RAIL JOURNEY TO MONTREAL

Driving distance: 142Mi/229Km
It's a leisurely drive back to Quebec City, in preparation for a wonderfully scenic rail journey to Montreal. Sit back and relax as the landscape changes throughout the four hour journey aboard VIA Rail Corridor Train. Your final evening is back in Montreal, but, in contrast to your previous visit, we've chosen a hotel in downtown so you get the opportunity to see Montreal old and new.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Montreal

DAY 15 JOURNEY HOME

There’s time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs this morning, before making your way to Montreal Airport to check-in for your flight back to the UK.

PRICES

From £2219 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

One way drop off charge on car hire is not included and payable locally.

 

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